I’m struggling. Where should I look in my game?
Hey Everyone, Bill Spigner here. This is a question that all of us go through. Regardless of how good you are you will find yourself struggling from time to time. Every time we practice or compete we have to go through the same process of figuring out the lanes and what we need to do to be our best. And our best is different each day, each game and each frame.
The most important thing we need to do when we are struggling is to always go back to basics. We all have different ways that help us figure out what to do to keep ourselves on track. You need to devise your own system.
There are a few things that everyone should do every time you bowl or work on your game. This gives you the foundation to work from.
1-Preparation to bowl. This can include warming up beforehand, making sure your ball fits correctly before rolling the first shot, and having a plan of how and where you are going to start to play to figure out the lanes, etc.
2-Pay attention to your set up. Are you in a relaxed position that doesn’t take a lot thinking and work to get setup?
3-Your ball placement and swing need to be as relaxed as possible. Let the ball swing you. You never want to feel like you are grabbing onto the ball and swinging it.
4-Pay attention to your tempo. Your speed to the line needs to be consistent from shot to shot.
5- Post the finish of your shot. Many times we take for granted when the shot is actually over. We get excited, anxious, and come up out of the shot too early. Stick your landing.
If you find yourself working harder and harder physically to make the ball do what you want it to do you really need to think the opposite. By having a good set up, free swing, consistent tempo, and good balance, the ball will feel lighter and you will be working less. You need to take the work out of the hand, managing the ball during the swing and letting your body function naturally. Working physically hard makes it very difficult to repeat shots. (AND, you get tired!) So loosen up and let your game take over. From that mindset you will be able to repeat shots better and identify what could be keeping you from doing it better.
Have a great week on the lanes!
USBC Gold Level Coach